For a girl who’s TV persona’s personal style involves neon-netted tank tops (undershirt optional), lizard-adorned crop tops, and an undocumented number of “shorteralls,” Hannah Horvath’s real-life counterpart is anything but sloppy. Custom designer gowns (oh what we all wouldn’t do to have Zac Posen as our childhood babysitter) and all around body-confident attire define this triple threat’s kooky-cool style. Take a few pointers from some of the barrier-breaking looks that made Lena Dunham one of Hollywood’s most unpredictable trendsetters (have you seen her new platinum do?)—both on an off screen.
The Tuxedo-Inspired Valentino Jumpsuit: For the season two premiere of her hit HBO dramedy Girls, Dunham opted for this sleek, statement-making jumpsuit by Valentino. The minimal accessories, mod hair and makeup, and femme bow in the back make this look simultaneously classic and modern.
The Florally Delightful Prada Frock: At the 2013 Emmy Awards, Lena’s lively, retro-inspired Prada gown proves that—yes—floral prints can be appropriate for formal occasions (if its good enough for the Emmys, its good enough for your best friend’s cocktail party). Just be sure to pick a non-dizzying design, and a bright color palette (like Dunham’s teal-and-poppy combo) never hurts, either.
The Dramatically Rich Zac Posen Gown: For the 2013 Golden Globe Awards (in which Dunham collected two awards that night), Lena looked to babysitter-turned-designer-bestie Zac Posen for this regal number. The sumptuous material and illusion-paneling amp up the wow factor to make this look a standout among the basic column gowns that show up every awards season (impeccable tailoring never hurts either).
The Canary Zac Posen Costume: Going for fashion gold (literally) for the second time at last year’s Golden Globe Awards, Dunham again turned to pal Posen for this striking canary ensemble. The flirty forties silhouette lightens the weight of the color’s vivacity, and ensures the look won’t end up looking outdated in five awards season’s time.
From vibrant pops of color, to dramatic doses of black and white, major props must be given to Lena Dunham for marching to the beat of her own, stylish drum.